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Music, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #901 (ARWU) North Adams, MA, United States
The Music program at Williams University offers students an exceptionally wide variety of opportunities to study music both inside and outside the classroom through performance, composition, ethnomusicology, theory, and history.
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The Music program at Williams University is made up of devoted teachers, prominent scholars, prolific composers, and active performers. We offer numerous courses for both the major and the general student and high-level performance opportunities that are open to all students at Williams.

Our majors receive a great deal of personal attention and nearly 500 students participate in music at Williams each year. The Department presents approximately 125 concerts a season ranging from student recitals and ensembles to visiting artists of national and international stature. As a premiere liberal arts college, Williams encourages students to explore the full range of musical studies and to seize as many opportunities as possible during their all-too-brief college years.

Learning Objectives

Students majoring in music will:

  • cultivate the full range of their skills as performers, composers, and scholars through course work, performances, attendance at concerts and lectures, and participation in workshops and master classes.
  • develop pluralistic and open-minded perspectives by pursuing a range of approaches to the study of radically diverse forms of music from across history and around the world.
  • examine music in relation to its cultural, social, political, and historical contexts, and its role in contemporary society.
  • study the development of musical styles, genres, and forms, and compare critical perspectives on major figures, trends, and musical innovations.
  • study and apply a variety of theories and techniques to the analysis and interpretation of music.
  • learn to listen critically to, understand, and communicate about music in both writing and oral presentations.
  • consider musical production, circulation, and consumption as social and political phenomena, drawing from related fields including anthropology, critical race theory, media studies, sociology, and women and gender studies.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Listening to Music: An Introduction to the Western Classical Tradition
  • Introduction to Music Theory
  • Music Cultures of the World
  • The Language of Film Music - Filmmakers
  • History of Jazz
  • Beethoven
  • Sound Art, Public Music

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Common Application, Coalition Application, or QuestBridge Application
  • Early Decision Agreement Form (Early Decision applicants ONLY)
  • SAT or ACT
  • School Report
  • Counselor Recommendation
  • Two Teacher Recommendations

Tuition Fee

  • International

    56970 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56970 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    56970 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56970 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for North Adams

  • 876 - 1820 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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